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Can college expenses be paid for with child support funds?

While not all parents can afford to, some in Pennsylvania want to help their children with their college expenses. Some even set up accounts when their children are young in order to give themselves time to save. Unfortunately, divorce happens, and putting extra money aside for a child's higher education may be put on the back burner. When it comes down to it, can custodial parents in Pennsylvania seek to have college expenses paid for with child support?

As it currently stands, in Pennsylvania, child support obligations typically end when a child turns 18 and has graduated high school. The duration of child support payments may be prolonged, however, if the circumstances are right. A child attending college or university may be a qualifying event, but this is something that has to be agreed upon long before it becomes an issue.

According to state laws, parents are not obligated to cover secondary school expenses. So, when initially working out a child support agreement, parents can include information about whether this is a cost to which one or both are expected to contribute. If higher education expenses are included in a child support order, then both parents are contractually bound to meet their obligation when the time comes.

Higher education is expensive, and many parents, if they can, want to help their kids afford it. Including college expenses in a child support order is a way to ensure that money is there and available for when a child is ready to work on his or her higher degree. Parents in Pennsylvania who require further information on this topic can seek assistance from an experienced family law attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "What Does Child Support Cover?", Accessed on June 15, 2017

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